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Laura Hunter (Meglin)
Born in Illinois
39 years
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Remember me and smile, for it's better to forget than remember me and cry.Unknown






This memorial website was created to remember our dearest Laura Dawn Hunter (Meglin) who was born in Elgin, Illinois on February 26, 1968 and passed away on July 19, 2007. You will live forever in our memories and hearts.























 Family across the country celebrated Laura's 40th Birthday on February 26, 2008.







From her sister Heather in Oregon 



From her Aunt Mary in Florida



From her sister in law Andrea, brother Andrew, mother Lucy, sister Megan, step grandmother Ruby, and oldest son Brad in Oregon


















Laura Dawn (Meglin) Hunter, 39, of Carbondale, KS. Formerly of Vancouver, WA and Carpentersville, IL. She passed away Thursday, July 19, 2007 as a result of injuries sustained in a automobile accident.

She was born February 26, 1968 in Elgin, IL the daughter of Robert C. Meglin and Lucille A. Osborne. Laura attended Kings Road Elementary, Perry Middle School and Dundee Crown High School all in Carpentersville graduating in 1986. She graduated with honors from Concorde Career Institute in Portland, OR as a Certified Medical Assistant in January, 2003.

She worked at the Portland V.A. Medical Center with her mother, Lucy, in the Primary Care Clinic until moving to Kansas in 2006.

Laura married Jimmy W. Hunter June 28, 2006. He survives. Other survivors include her sons, Bradley Boley 20 yrs, Aaron Stegall 12 yrs, Zachary Stegall 9 yrs, her mother and step father William R. and Lucille Osborne Carter, Portland, OR; sisters, Mary Staples (Frank), Scranton, KS; Heather Hara (Brent), Portland, OR; Megan Thompson, Portland, OR; brothers James Weiher (Sharon), Bolingbrook, IL; Russell Weiher, Lombard, IL; Andrew Weiher (Andrea), Clackamas, OR; Patrick Meglin, Elk Grove Village, IL; step-sisters, Kathleen Carter, Portland, OR; Patricia Hedges (Cory), St Helens, OR; grandmothers, Marjorie Osborne, Carpentersville, IL; Ruby Carter, Scappoose, OR; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert C. Meglin, grandparents Frank and Marion Meglin and Myron H. Osborne

Laura was cremated. A Celebration of Life service was held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 28, 2007 at the Penwell-Gabel Mid Town Chapel.  Another memorial service is planned for Portland, Or. Inurnment Services will be in Elgin, IL at a later date.































 Thank you Cindy for creating this!










To all Laura's angel friends watching over us:

you are all loved and missed very much.






















Laura is a loving











and friend.



We all miss you!










 Thank you Tammy for sending our loving notes up

to our angels above!














What's in a name?

Laura ~ meaning "the laurel tree, symbolic of honor and victory."

Dawn ~ meaning "Sunrise."

















We will remember her forever.



Laura's siblings, left to right:
Megan, Heather, Andrew, (Laura), Mary, Jim, Russell















   In Memory of You

I find an old photograph
and see your smile.
As I feel your presence anew,
I am filled with warmth
and my heart remembers love. 

I read an old card
sent many years ago
during a time of turmoil and confusion.
The soothing words written then
still caress my spirit
and bring me peace.

I remember who you used to be
the laughter we shared
and wonder what you have become.
Where are you now,
Where did you go,
When the body is left behind
and the spirit is released to fly?

Perhaps you are the morning bird
singing joyfully at sunrise,
or the butterfly that dances
so carelessly on the breeze
or the rainbow of colors
that brightens a stormy sky
or the fingers of afternoon mist
delicately reaching over the mountains
or the final few rays of the setting sun
lighting up the skies
edging the clouds with a magical glow.

I miss your being
but I feel your presence,
In whatever form you choose to take,
however you now choose to be.

Your spirit has become for me
a guardian angel on high
guiding, advising, and watching over me.

I remember you.
You are with me
and I am not afraid.

© 1996 Kirsti A. Dyer, MD, MS. All rights reserved.














 She is Gone ~

You can shed tears that she is gone
or you can smile because she has lived.

You can close your eyes and pray that she’ll come back
or you can open your eyes and see all she’s left.

Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her
or you can be full of the love you shared.

You can turn your back on tomorrow and live yesterday
or you can be happy for tomorrow because of yesterday.

You can remember her and only that she’s gone
or you can cherish her memory and let it live on.

You can cry and close your mind, be empty and turn your back or you can do what she’d want:
smile, open your eyes, love and go on.

David Harkins, © 1981
Silloth, Cumbria, UK














May God's Hands be on your shoulder
as you grow ill or much older
To know that you are never alone
One day He will take you Home
We may feel sad or even depressed
Because we can't do as all the rest
Just remember, my sweet friend
Everything must come to an end
Even in our suffering and our pain
We know we will never be the same
Never give up ! Just do what you must
Just give it to God, in Him place your trust
Be Happy that He has faith in you
He has much more for you to do
Show the world and the people everywhere
It is the Heart that we must take good care
A loving heart is worth more than gold
It reaches into your very soul
No matter the pain we go thru
Giving a smile is something you can do
When you smile, it comes back to you
So one day LAURA DAWN and JESUS awaits
sitting There at heaven's gates







Please visit Laura's other website at:













Latest Memories
It's New Year's Eve, Laura. The end of the year that you died. I don't know why that is significant to me, but it is. From now on in 2008, it will be "last year" that you left us. I am flooded with memories of New Year's Eves past. I remember how much you kids looked forward to it. I would get soda pop and chips and would make dip. Sounds mundane now, but it was a real treat for you kids back then. Then at midnight you would all grab some lids from pots and pans and go bang them outside and yell' "HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!". We really did have a lot of fun. I'm not really sure if you knew that we didn't have much money. That was a decision we made so that I could "stay home" and be a full time mom. That is something  that you older kids had that the younger kids did not. I busied myself being a Brownie Leader and a Room Mother and I loved it. It seemed like every kid in the neighborhood loved to spend time at our house. Remember I had to limit you guys to 2 friends each at one time? Still there was always a house full. I miss those days. If I had known that you would die so young, I would have spent more alone time with you. But, we can't know the future. I will love and miss you forever. Someday I will come and join you. Until then you live on in my heart.
Jimmy Hunter
It's Christmas day. Just remembering last year. We done good.  When we let the boys open some of their gifts and I gave Zach his best present by mistake.  I miss our life. The best part of all was seeing the joy in your eyes each time the boys hit the jackpot. It was truly by far, my best Christmas ever. I'm glad it was with you.  Honey,  you were more than a wife.  You were, without question my best friend.  I enjoyed our time together.  Because of our history, i suppose that was the reason we couldn't hardly stand to be away from each other. We never spent a night apart.  Merry Christmas my love. i hope your family brought joy to your heart and a smile in those beautiful eyes of yours as you watched from heaven. I love ya LAURA D. ........... You're my angel. I guess the song by Aerosmith fits me now.  You're my angel.  Good night baby.  See you in my dreams.
Lucy Carter-Mom

I guess it's time to add another memory of you when you were little, Laura.

When you were about 3 years old you had developed into a very smart, but headstrong little girl. You believed you could do anything. You kept wanting to walk to the local store to get candy. Some older kids had brought you with them once. I kept telling you,"No. You're too little to cross the street by yourself." One morning you were watching Seseme Street while I tended to Mary who was about 1 1/2 by then. When I went back to the living room, you were GONE. I searched all over the house. Nothing!! I was frantic. You were still in your PJs, robe and slippers. I got the next door neighbor to watch Mary while I went to look for you. I checked with the other neighbors. No one had seen you. I searched and searched, calling out your name and becoming more frightened by the minute. I have no idea how long you were gone. Time seemed to stand still. I was just about to call the police when I saw you walking back with some other small kids from the neighborhood. I was so relieved. When I asked you all were you had been you said that you went to the store. I told you that you knew I told you not to, but you said that I said you are too young to go ALONE and you weren't alone. I couldn't believe that a 3 year old would rationalize like that. But, you did and I learned a valuable lesson about wording my directives to you very carefully.

Lucy Carter-Mom

You were only 8 months old when I got pregnant with your sister, Mary. There I was 21 years old and already having my second child. I worried about whether I could love another child as much as I loved you. Then the day before you turned 17 months old your sister was born. Any fears I had about loving her as much as I did you disappeared. She was as precious to me as you were. She was a few days old when we picked you up on our way home from the hospital. You had been told that you were going to be getting a new baby, but to you everything that moved was a goggie (doggie). We introduced you to Mary and you were like "Okay that's nice." and went off to play. Then when we were getting in the car and you saw Mary, You looked at me and said with a Question in your voice, "Goggie go Bye-bye?". I told you that it was not a doggie and that it was your new baby sister, Mary. You seemed okay with that, but I wondered if you would feel jealous because I was so busy with the new baby. I shouldn't have worried. You loved being the big sister. We had diaper service and I would send you over to get 1 in one hand for Mary and 2 in the other hand for you. And as young as you were you figured out. A few weeks after Mary was born someone came to visit the new baby and asked to hold her. When I handed her over to them, you freaked out and tried to grab her away. You said, "No! My baby!" I think you were afraid they were going to try to take her away. I calmed you down and explained that they just wanted to hold our baby. When you and Mary grew up, you continued to be closer than I could have imagined. You followed each other across the country. When one moved, the other was soon to follow. You didn't ever want to be too far apart. When you had only boys and Mary had only girls, you both said that Laura had the boys and Mary had the girls and so Laura's boys were Mary's boys and Mary's girls were Laura's girls. Even though you fought like normal siblings, the love you felt for each other was clear to everyone. And so now Mary is being, as Zach once called her, Aunt Mom. She will love your boys as if she had given birth to them. And so you can rest easy about that, my love.

Missing you forever, Mom

Lucy Carter-Mom
I remember the day you were born. I was so scared. 20 years old and not a clue what I was doing. I remember getting ready to leave for the hospital early in the morning and saying, "You know, I'm not at all sure I want to go through with this". Silly me. Like I had a choice. And then when we got to the hopital, I wasn't anywhere near ready to have you. So, I walked and walked and finally labor really started. You were born at 11:34 PM. I was so glad to see you. And oh God, I just fell completely, madly in love! You had no idea that I didn't know what I was doing. You just trusted me. We muddled through and somehow things worked out. You were the light of my life and my constant companion. I bored people so much by talking about you all the time. My mom remarked that it was as if I thought no one had ever had a baby before. But, No one had ever had YOU before. You were my treasure and now you are my treasured memories. Thank you, Laurie, for all of them. You will live on in heart forever. Mommy

Latest Condolences
Jimmy Husband December 2, 2016
Haven't been here for a while but that doesn't mean you aren't with me. You're always my wife. I love you still. I will forever
Hendrick Polanco My deepest condolences February 25, 2014

My deepest condolences.  May these few words from the Holy Scriptures bring you comfort in your time of grief...

John 11:32-45

32 And so Mary, when she arrived where Jesus was and caught sight of him, fell at his feet, saying to him: “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 Jesus, therefore, when he saw her weeping and the Jews that came with her weeping, groaned in the spirit and became troubled; 34 and he said: “Where have YOU laid him?” They said to him: “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus gave way to tears. 36 Therefore the Jews began to say: “See, what affection he used to have for him!” 37 But some of them said: “Was not this [man] that opened the eyes of the blind man able to prevent this one from dying?”

38 Hence Jesus, after groaning again within himself, came to the memorial tomb. It was, in fact, a cave, and a stone was lying against it.39 Jesus said: “TAKE the stone away.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, said to him: “Lord, by now he must smell, for it is four days.”40 Jesus said to her: “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” 41 Therefore they took the stone away. Now Jesus raised his eyes heavenward and said: “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 True, I knew that you always hear me; but on account of the crowd standing around I spoke, in order that they might believe that you sent me forth.” 43 And when he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice: “Laz´a·rus, come on out!” 44The [man] that had been dead came out with his feet and hands bound with wrappings, and his countenance was bound about with a cloth. Jesus said to them: “Loose him and let him go.”

45 Therefore many of the Jews that had come to Mary and that beheld what he did put faith in him;

Please go to the following link for more information regarding the Hope expressed in this passage 

Momma The Cord June 4, 2011

The Cord

We are connected,
My child and I, by
An invisible cord
Not seen by the eye.

It's not like the cord
That connects us 'til birth
This cord can't been seen
By any on Earth.

This cord does it's work
Right from the start.
It binds us together
Attached to my heart.

I know that it's there
Though no one can see
The invisible cord
From my child to me.

The strength of this cord
Is hard to describe.
It can't be destroyed
It can't be denied.

It's stronger than any cord
Man could create
It withstands the test
Can hold any weight.

And though you are gone,
Though you're not here with me,
The cord is still there
But no one can see.

It pulls at my heart
I am bruised...I am sore,
But this cord is my lifeline
As never before.

I am thankful that God
Connects us this way
A mother and child
Death can't take it away!

~ author unknown ~
Mom 2~ Micheal & Twin's Scatto ~ Thinking of you & Your loved one~ July 31, 2010

mom 2 Waylon Kitchens Thinking of you February 25, 2010
Quick Gallery
Candle lit by sister Heather These balloons were sent off to all the Angels above. DSCF0003 DSCF0006 Balloon released in Florida from Aunt Mary With loving notes attached. Balloons released by family in Oregon DSCF0007 We appreciate all you've done for us!! Thank you so much Tammy! DSCF0008 Laura's father's obituary.